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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 8 Hansard (28 June) . . Page.. 2353..

MR STANHOPE (continuing):

standing within this community. It may be that they are not and it may be that they wish to deride people like Jim Murphy.

I remember, and will never forget, when I appointed Terry Snow to the shaping our territory working group at the outset, that Mrs Dunne was outraged at Terry Snow's appointment and moved for the immediate abolition of that particular organisation.

Mrs Dunne: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: the Chief Minister consistently peddles the lie-

MR SPEAKER: Order! Withdraw that.

MRS DUNNE: about my attitude to that. And it has been withdrawn; he has been forced to withdraw on a number of occasions. He should not be allowed to continue.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mrs Dunne, withdraw that.

Mrs Dunne: I withdraw "lie". He has peddled a falsehood; he has done it consistently.

MR SPEAKER: I am afraid that is a clear imputation against the minister, and I order you to withdraw it.

Mrs Dunne: I withdraw.

MR SPEAKER: Come to the subject matter of the question, Chief Minister.

MR STANHOPE: That was a really uncomfortable response to Mr Snow's appointment to the initial body that made the decisions and recommendations on issues such as the arboretum. We have this same belittling response to the performance and appointment of people such as Jim Murphy, somebody whom I regard as an enormously significant Canberran. I do not know why the Liberal Party, the opposition, would wish to attack the integrity or the standing in this community of somebody like Jim Murphy.

Mr Seselja: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: standing order 118 (b) does not allow the minister to argue the point. He must answer the question.

MR SPEAKER: Come to the subject matter of the question, Chief Minister.

MR STANHOPE: I think it is pertinent for me to refer to the fact that the derisory-

MR SPEAKER: No, it is not. Come to the subject matter of the question. It is in relation to further inquiries.

MR STANHOPE: A number of further inquiries are being undertaken in relation to many aspects of the arboretum project. Those inquiries are being undertaken by people such as members of the interim arboretum board. They are people such as Jim Murphy, Eric Koundouris, Anne Kowalski and a number of very significant Canberrans. I trust the advice and the willingness of those very significant Canberrans, those very significant members of our business community, to undertake those inquiries on my behalf.

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